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Nepal cops detain Tibetan protesters

Authorities in Nepal detained around 300 Tibetan exiles after they staged an anti-China demonstration outside a Chinese embassy building.

world Updated: Jul 04, 2008 21:25 IST

Authorities in Nepal's capital on friday detained around 300 Tibetan exiles after they staged an anti-China demonstration outside a Chinese embassy building, police said.

"We rounded up some 300 protesters," Ramesh Thapa, a police officer at the scene, told AFP, adding that they would be freed later in the day.

The protesters, mostly women and monks, waved flags of the Tibetan government-in-exile and shouted "We want a free Tibet" as they marched towards the Chinese trade and consular buildings, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Three protesters managed to break the police cordon and ran towards the main gate of the building and kicked it screaming "China liar." They were quickly detained by police.

Earlier this week, a group of 42 Tibetan protesters were detained close to Nepal's border with the Chinese-controlled Himalayan region as they tried to march back to their homeland.

Tibetan refugees have been protesting in Kathmandu almost every day since unrest broke out in the Himalayan region in March and was met by a tough Chinese government crackdown.

Nepal, home to around 20,000 Tibetans, officially recognises Tibet as an indisputable part of China and has banned all pro-Tibetan protests out of respect for its giant northern neighbour.